FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is investing $250,000 into Bath Community School as part of the 2017-18 capital budget. The funds will support the planning of upcoming renovations.

“We understand that education is a priority for New Brunswickers,” said Carleton-Victoria MLA Andrew Harvey. “This investment will help ensure that our infrastructure is able to support current and future students in the Bath area.”

Harvey attended the announcement for Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny.

The existing middle school was built in 1954. In September 2015, it also began serving K-5 students when the nearby elementary school was closed.

The work will include renovations to ensure current Building Code requirements are met. Learning spaces will also receive upgrades, along with mechanical and electrical systems, and the building’s exterior. Site improvements will also be included in the project.

“A goal of our 10-year education plans is for students to become engaged citizens and life-long learners who have the skills to build bright futures by contributing to society and the economy,” said Harvey. “Investing in our infrastructure so that our students can learn in positive environments is key.”

About $88 million will be invested in public schools in 2017-18.